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@FreeCooperUnion #TwoWeeksOfLeaks, Day 6: Reinvention: A Ten Year Road Map for Cooper Union
Today’s leaked document was authored by Jamshed Bharucha on October 30th, 2011, entitled “Reinvention: A Ten-Year Road Map for Cooper Union.”
The ‘Road Map’ implicates Cooper’s administrative body as being undeniably committed to the vision of administrative expansionism currently ravaging institutions of higher education across the country. Jamshed Bharucha’s administration has continually deterred and undermined innumerable alternatives presented by students, faculty, and alumni since the Fall of 2011. This ‘Road Map’ predates Bharucha’s announcement of tuition to the Cooper community as well as the New York Times exclusive outlining Cooper’s financial ‘crisis’. Ultimately, ‘The Roadmap’ underscores Bharucha’s profound lack of imagination in considering alternatives to tuition.
“State of the art communications, development, expanded admissions and financial aid staff, enhanced student services, and an infrastructure that should pay off later in grants, contracts and technology transfer. The investments in reinvention should provide immediate pay-off in academic reputation (when coupled with communications), but only medium to long-term pay off in grants, technology transfer and development.”
Many of the enumerated points of reinvention plan have since been initiated, including a multi-million dollar investment in Datatel WebAdvisor (a new registration software), multiple administrative hires (including six brand new recruiters in Admissions and international recruitment trips to China), as well as the appointment of the new Dean of Engineering, Teresa Dahlberg.
The ‘Road Map’ repeatedly compares Cooper Union to Bharucha’s former employers, Tufts and Dartmouth. Bharucha is ultimately betrayed by his inability to envision beyond the narrow scope of his personal experiences at New England’s upper echelon liberal arts colleges. Despite the looming reality of Cooper’s financial situation, the Cooper community has insisted that this is both an opportunity and the perfect time to improve upon the college’s landmarked mission of ‘Free Education to All’. It is abundantly clear that Cooper’s finances are little more than an inconvenience for Bharucha as he continues to force his personal vision upon Cooper despite it’s irrefutable incompatibility.
[Full Reinvention Roadmap available on Free Cooper Union Facebook]
Free Cooper Union presents #TwoWeeksOfLeaks
Free Cooper Union has received a collection of anonymously leaked confidential documents pertaining to The Cooper Union’s Board of Trustees and the Administration of Jamshed Bharucha. For the next two weeks we will be releasing one document per day to our press contacts. Bharucha and the college’s trustees have claimed to run a transparent and accountable administration, yet the community has unilaterally been barred from participation in decision-making and access to financial and organizational information. On November 11th, the Board prematurely cancelled the election of a student representative because the process adopted by students was too democratic. Transparency without accountability means nothing, and Cooper’s Board has demonstrated that they are accountable to no one.
In addition to documents queued for release in the next two weeks, Free Cooper Union is calling for additional leaks pertaining to the mismanagement perpetrated by Cooper Union’s past and present Board and Administration. Information may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to our voicemail at 917-746-5634.
In celebration of open flows of information, on November 24th from 6 to 9pm, students will be performing a second reading of the Board transcript leaked this summer by the Village Voice at e-flux, 311 East Broadway, New York.